Patents of Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) Charles Goodyear is best known for a single patent, US 3633, Improvements in India-Rubber Fabrics Vulcanization of Rubber .  The story of Goodyear and his 1839 discovery of vulcanization, a method to increase the strength and resiliency of rubber, has been told in several well researched accounts. What has not been accomplished is a compilation of the complete patents of Goodyear. Although many books and articles discuss the patents of Charles Goodyear, up to this point there was no single comprehensive and accurate list of his patents including all the information needed to retrieve the original documents from the issuing patenting organizations.   Librarians of the Rubber Division, ACS and the University of Akron, using both print and online resources were able to compile a complete list of Goodyear’s patents issued in the 19th Century.

Origin Patent Number Issue Date Title/Description Patent File
France 8258 Jun 27, 1853 Les perfectionnements formant l'objet du present certificat ont specialment pour but de determiner une ventilation plus complete sous la semelle du soulier, ou de toute autre chaussure fabriquee conforment aux procedes decrits au brevet PDF
France 8258 Jun 29, 1852 Pour des perfectionnements a la confection des chaussures PDF
France 13996 Jun 27, 2010 Perfectionnements apportes a la confection des bottes, des souliers, de socques et autres chaussures PDF
France 23036 Jun 22, 1855 Perfectionnements dans l'emploi du cauotchouc durci pour les rateliers artificiels PDF
France 18235 Jan 11, 1854 Perfectionnements dans l'electro-placage, le placage, l'ornementation, la coloration, la moulage et l chauffage de composes en caoutchouc et de gutta-percha, et autres melanges don’t la gutta-percha et le caoutchouc forment les parties constituantes. PDF